I am making this story i refer to from time to time a little easier to access by bringing it forward. I hope it gives some insight and help to some starting out.
If You've Givin'Up Given'Up Try This!!!
So many newcomers lately. Some read the posts and are excited by the mindset they are learning. They are off to a great start, and i am sure they will succeed. However, many put in an appearance and just leave quietly i think, disappointed and feeling dejected.
I do try to be optimistic in my posts to encourage, but obviously some just do not grasp the concepts, despite their trying. You are not alone. I see many come and go and some who have tried and tried with all kinds of methods. Perhaps a quit with less pressure while you learned would be beneficial. That is what Allan Carr does in his lectures while the client smokes. Why not do the same, while learning, and gradually changing the behaviours that are 90% of the addiction?Change our anxiety to positive acceptance of becoming non -smokers. Smoke, not feeling deprived, but with a different goal in mind. Not fearing the nicotine withdrawals , but understanding them
Sure, people can just quit smoking... but do they stay quti?. Despite the method, unless you understand the addiction, why you even go through the trouble of quitting , only to pick it up again?
Some fear the thought of never ever having a cigarette again. What if you told yourself that you would give this deal your best effort for 100 days? What if for 60 days you could smoke in a different way, or take just enough nicotine via any method as to not be in withdrawal and life seeming miserable. Can you live with the thought of not enjoying the cigarette? Can you live with a few fleeting urges from the nicotone monster for 72 hours?
Fear prevents us from taking action, but ignoring our health will end in catastrophe at some point. I would rather you take an extra 60 days to quit and remain quit, than to just let fear make you give up ever trying again.
If your doctor has advised you to quit smoking immediately, then champix is closest to this method but with a drug rather than natural. Champix takes 12 weeks, is expensive and maybe you don't have the coverage. (An inhaler might serve the purpose here as well rather than gum or lozenges. ) Then cut down on the intake later. You should not feel any withdrawal.
Lets call this the BACKWARDS SMART QUIT PLAN with no fear or discomfort for the feint at heart
You go at your own rate. You can smoke. You sign a contract with yourself. that you can smoke again in 100 days, but you must change your smoking habits and mindset to the very best of your ability. You can be nicotine free in 63 days or sooner.
You must want to WANT to quit
Write a lists of reasons to quit and reasons to remain a smoker.
For two days. Write down when you smoke and why.(morning, coffee, car, phone, break, reward for finishing chore, after meals, on break.... etc
Write down what you could do to avoid having that cigarette. (clean, pamper yourself, deep breathing, phone call, light nutritious snack,meditate, kegal , google, play a game.)
Only have a cigarette without these triggers.(If on a work break, smoke 20 feet away from your smoking friends, and re join them when you are done)
Have you cigarettes in solitude, standing up, doing absolutely nothing else. Do absolutely nothing else except concentrate on that cigarette. Hopefully, you will cut down with this process. You will see how many cigarettes you smoked without even being aware of it. You will see how much it dictates your life.
Read every new post here, and try to read old ones to learn about the mindset and other journeys.
Once you stop seeing the cigarette as your friend, your crutch, the something you just have to have or you will die, you will start to see it for what it really is.
Once you have had enough of it, and taking the time out for it, decide that you actually do want to Quit Smoking.
You have been preparing for life without it, maybe it is time to just say enough. I don't need this crap. I want to be free of it!
Remember you can smoke again but only after you have put in your best effort.
Remember that you started this process wanting to learn to Want to quit.
You are Here. Do not be afraid. If you have done this until Day 60 and followed the rules you should be more than ready.
Plan for three days of activities, (laundry piled up, cleaning the house, the garage, the car, yardwork, a hobby, an outing,
Stop smoking by smart turkey, using your 4'Ds, and other methods learned. You are now in the mindset and know you will be free in 72 hours of the nicotine.
When you wake it is 93% out of your system. You know what a craving is, you have had them every day of your life that you smoked. They are thoughts, nothing more.
Eating healthier and drinking lots of water and doing exercise do all help negate the urges. Also remember to cut back your caffeine intake by half because you will no longer have nicotine in your system to negate the jitters it can cause.
Choose to go on Champix if you doctor agrees, and follow its instructions
Start this on day 50 if you wish to if you feel ready to go on as non-smoker at this point, but still remember the contract with yourself. You should be able to quit this in 3 weeks after your cigarette since the nicotine and its receptors are all shut down at this point.
Everyone can quit smoking and remain quit, that is your choice. You can also free yourself earlier if you choose and feel the mindset is there, at worst you resume the plan, but Day 60 is a QUiT.
Do you accept the terms? Will you let others know how you are making out and what progress you make from time to time? Will you try to help at least one other person to quit this terrible addiction?
It is better to try and try again , than to have never tried at all.
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